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Infection prevention and control

Hand hygiene

Help us to reduce infections by knowing how and when to wash your hands.

Washing your hands and your child's hands is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. Anyone can develop an infection but patients are at increased risk. Their immune system may be weak, they may have had/or are going to have a procedure or require a long stay in hospital.

Germs are invisible and usually passed from one person to another through direct contact e.g. germs on hands after touching a person, equipment or contaminated surfaces.

At Starship we encourage all patients and their families/visitors to use the alcohol hand gel that is available when entering and leaving the hospital ward. If your hands look dirty, washing them with soap and water followed by thorough drying is the preferred alternative.

Alcohol hand gels are found outside wards, in the main corridor of ward areas and also within a patient's individual bed space. Alll healthcare workers are expected to wash their hands with soap and water, or to use the alcohol hand gel before and after contact with a patient or their environment.

When should you wash your hands?

Before:hand hygiene
Entering a ward
Prior to preparing or eating food
Before feeding or touching your child
Giving medication to your child

Using the toilet
Helping your child to use the toilet
Changing a nappy
Wiping your nose or your child's nose

Sickness information for visitors

If family members/visitors are unwell with a cold, 'flu or 'flu-like symptoms, or a "tummy bug", or have been in contact with anyone with an infectious disease such as measles, mumps, rubella or chickenpox in the last two to three weeks, please do not visit Starship. If you are unsure, check with the enquiries desk in the ward before you visit anyone.

Infection prevention and control at Starship Children's Health

The infection prevention and control team consists of a small team of infection control nurse specialists who cover all areas of the Auckland District Health Board. See their entry in the Directory of Services to read more about what they do...

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